Pakistan invites Saudi Arabia to invest in China economic corridor

Charlene Craig
September 21, 2018

In a letter to Prime minister Narendra Modi, Pakistan's newly elected Prime Minister Imran Khan has proposed a meeting between foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pak counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi in the last week of September. On Wednesday, the U.S. specifically said that Pakistan based terror groups like Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Taiba, which operate in Kashmir, continue to pose a serious threat to the region. "We, however, owe it to our peoples, especially the future generations, to peacefully resolve all outstanding issues, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute", the Prime Minister wrote.

In response to Khan's letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a meeting will take place between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the sidelines of the United Nations general Assembly session in NY next week.

Answering a question about his government's proactive foreign policy and its impact on the geopolitical scenario, Imran Khan said that Pakistan already had a very good relationship with China.

"I can confirm that on the request of the Pakistani side, a meeting between EAM and Pakistani foreign minister will take place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly at a mutually convenient date and time", external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told a news briefing. The only way forward for the two countries lies in "constructive engagement", he added.

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Navjot Sidhu, an Indian cricketer-turned-politician, earlier came under fire after he was filmed hugging Pakistan's army chief at the inauguration ceremony of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Despite this reluctant acceptance by India to engage with Pakistan, the development is significant as the Sushma-Qureshi meeting would be the first high-level interaction in almost three years.

Pakistan's finance minister, Asad Umar, on Tuesday admitted the economic crisis was deepening before he set off to accompany Mr Khan.

PM also discussed the reasons for visiting Saudi Arabia on a priority basis and challenges confronting Pakistan because of bad governance of previous governments and corruption.

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Days later, he said Islamabad and New Delhi must resort to dialogue to resolve all conflicts, including Kashmir.

In his letter, Khan also said the two countries need to pay "close attention" to resolving the Siachin and Sir Creek issues.

He said Pakistan, India and Afghanistan had different points of view...there was a trust deficit. "The summit will offer an opportunity for you to visit Pakistan and for us to restart the stalled dialogue process".

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